Times Clipper 2000 race venue changed

Delays at the Gunwharf Quays development have forced a change of venue

Friday October 6th 2000, Author: Gerald New, Location: United Kingdom
Delays to the opening of Gunwharf Quays has forced a change of venue for the Times Clipper 2000 race. The 34,000-mile round the world race was to have started from the £150m leisure and shopping complex in Old Portsmouth later this month.
Race organisers have now decided to move the venue to Port Solent instead. Gunwharf will not open to the public until February - three months later than planned. The development company, the Berkeley Group, took the decision after suffering a catalogue of setbacks. The fuel crisis, subcontractors going bust and bad weather all combined to push the November opening date back. Gunwharf Quays remain a sponsor of the race, and the boats will still finish there in 11 months time.

The eight-strong fleet of identical 60ft yachts, are set to sail out of Port Solent on Sunday 15th October from 7am onwards, for the official race start at 12 noon off Southsea Castle, Portsmouth. The waterside celebrations at the race start will be opened by Jeremy Beadle at Southsea Castle and will include an air display, live music, street entertainment, kite surfing, and a free-style windsurfing and power boat display.

The two hundred and fifty crew members from the UK and overseas have signed up for The Times Clipper 2000, which will build upon the racing that the Clipper '96 and Clipper '98 crews experienced as they followed a similar route around the globe. Not only will the crew members experience the adventure of a lifetime, they will also individually raise money for The Philip Green Memorial Trust for sick and disabled children - the official charity for The Times Clipper 2000. Funds raised will go towards the construction of 'Richard House', London's first children's hospice.

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